Detective Lindsay Boxer's long awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals, but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life, a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family.
My heart broke for Lindsay - I wish we'd seen more of Joe taking care of her after the news of her father. Nice non dwelling on the baby, but I can't imagine how much that's going to change who Lindsay is.
James Patterson has written that his goal is to be a good story teller, and this is how his writings should be evaluated. Does he tell a good story? Does the story hold our interest? Do we find ourselves caught up in the plot, the characters, the suspense? Does he write clearly? Do we understand what he is telling us? Do a large segment of people like his tales? If the answers to these questions, or most of them, are “yes,” then he is clearly a good writer. It should be obvious that when telling a story one does not have to use perfect English. In fact, the use of imperfect English may make the story more interesting. Secondly, it is unfair, even illogical to say that a person can’t tell more than one good story a year. Patterson is not the only writer who has produced many books. It makes more sense to judge each story on its own. He may tell six great tales in a row in a single year and then tell only one the following year that is not interesting.
This is the tenth book in the series of the women’s crime club, the seventh that James Paterson coauthored with Maxine Paetro. He wrote the first by himself and the next two with Andrew Gross. They are all good stories with interesting characters, engaging plots, suspense, and interest-holding events. We are left with the feeling that we would like to know more about the characters and about the crimes they become involved with. This is clear by the success of the series, that it has continued for ten volumes.
This novel is filled with plots and subplots. Lindsay Boxer, the police sergeant who turned down a chance to become a lieutenant saying she prefers working the streets, has a second chance for the position, but misses it when she fails to keep her phone active. The position is given to a large, hard-nosed man from out of state, who is now Lindsay’s boss, is married, and is dating Lindsay’s dear friend the prosecutor Yuki Castellano without telling her that he is married. Lindsay becomes involved in the disappearance of a lying fifteen year old pregnant girl, who turns up bloodied and disheveled and claims she doesn’t know where her new born baby is. Lindsay marries her love, Joe, but is hardly ever home. Meanwhile, Yuki, who is dating her boss, is prosecuting a case of a woman who she is convinced killed her husband. The defense attorney is excellent and cleverly destroys many pieces of her evidence. She lost too many cases in the past and her boss warns her that another loss will be detrimental, and a win could give a jump to her career. Lindsay tells Yuki that she is convinced that the woman is innocent. Lindsay’s other friend Cindy, the newspaper reporter, starts a sexual liaison with Lindsay’s partner, a handsome cop who had clearly loved Lindsay, and Lindsay is concerned that information that should not be disclosed is being passed on over the bedroom pillow. These are just some of the beginning tensions that come together in intriguing ways in this well-told tale.
Maybe a little too much on the romance side, but everyone deserves their version of a happy ending.
At the end of the day, I read for pleasure. This is a good plot from a somewhat believable scenario. The trial elements are not accurate, but I would not expect the story to get bogged down in real life. It flows. It works. Its a fun read.
Lindsay and Joe finally tie the knot, but her father adds to his long list of disappointments by not attending the wedding.
A missing baby sends Lindsay out on the streets again when a teenager is found bleeding on the side of the road, not remembering how she got there or what happened to the baby she just delivered.
Yuki finally finds the romance she's been seeking in Jackson Brady, Lindsay's new boss, but is this destined for failure like her other relationships? When Yuki finds out the new man in her life is married, that's exactly what she expects.
Cindy goes off on an investigation and ends up another missing person.
James Patterson & Maxine Paetro have joined forces a number of times and in this latest effort have given their fans a quick and enjoyable read with the entire cast of characters of the MC.
I know this is a short review but these books are hard for me to review properly since there are so many stories going at once.
Yes, we are dealing with unspeakabe crimes, but we also have a protagonist who started out the series as tough-as-nails, then denigrated to a cry-baby when Patterson added author Maxine Paetro to the mix. I'm still hoping the original Detective Boxer will reemerge.
This time there are two main crimes to solve, one involving a doctor accused of murdering her husband and the other a serial rapist. Also, there is the question of a girl's missing new-born baby. All four ladies of the murder club have personal interests in the cases and Cindy gets more than she bargained for.
Perhaps one of the worst books ever. This was the only Patterson-related series I still read and I'm thinking this is the last JP novel I will ever read. Usually there's some overarching crime that keeps you intrigued, but the first "mystery" was resolved halfway through the book and the other one or two were just as ridiculous. And what happened to the ladies actually hanging out with each other...part of what made this series different is that the women worked together and there was none of that. Total disappointment.